Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

Rest in peace Neil Armstrong. The moon landings were the work of many, but you were one of the few on the sharp end.

I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow.

Neil Armstrong, "The Engineered Century"[a]

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.

Statement from the Family of Neil Armstrong at[b]

  • Mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing

  • Command Pilot of Gemini 8

  • Graduated in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon

  • Congressional Space Medal of Honor by President Jimmy Carter

  • Congressional Gold Medal in 2009